Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shiniwatra thought he’d take a trip to make a speech to the UN General Assembley. Instead, his military have taken the opportunity presented by his absence to overthrow him in a coup.
The dramatic timing is perfect – this coup could have been made for Hollywood.
Pajamas Media have a great roundup, and a number of bloggers are liveblogging from within Thailand as events unfold.
- Paul Karl Lukacs is in Northern Thailand.
- Bangkok Pundit is updating every few minutes.
- Metroblogging Bangkok is posting pictures as well as liveblogging.
- I know that Global Voices are working on a post as I write, so I’ll update with a link as soon as I see it.
The UN General Assembley have re-arranged their agenda for today to allow the newly exiled Thai PM to speak sometime during the next few hours.
It will be interesting to hear how he reacts, and whether he can rally any significant support – either international or domestic – from this unique pulpit.
Has anyone ever addressed the UN mid-coup before, I wonder?